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Jennifer Lopez Is Returning to Will & Grace--in 2 Different Roles

Get ready for a double dose of JLo, Will & Grace fans! The icon will be making her grand return to the NBC comedy in an upcoming episode of the successful revival, following up on her hilarious guest appearances in seasons six and seven. But this time around, she'll be playing not one, but two different roles. E! News has confirmed that not only will Jennifer Lopez appear again as herself, but she'll be pulling double-duty as her Shades of Blue character, NYPD detective Harlee Santos, as well. How will that work? We have no idea, but we can't wait to see the sure-to-be hysterical way Will & Grace co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan bring the street-wise cop into their decidedly lighter...
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Will & Grace review – welcome return for smart, irrepressible foursome

The 90s sitcom radical for its central gay characters is back with White House pillow fights and celebrity satire for the age of Trump

That’s right, honey! Will & Grace (Channel 5) is back! After an 11-year hiatus, the snarky foursome are in Will’s apartment, playing a hyper-current game of Celebrity to remind us that we are in 2018. Unfortunately, there’s even more scope for gags now than in 1998. Will: “He’s a man but he’s aged into a lesbian.” Grace: “Newt Gingrich?” Will: “We want to love her but she makes it impossible.” Grace: “Caitlyn Jenner!”

The kind of man Karen worships is now president of the United States, but, apart from that, everything in the show – once credited with helping to educate Americans on same-sex marriage – is just the same. Ish. To get round the problem of reviving a classic but tired 90s network sitcom in the age of Trump,
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Comcast Launches Behind-The-Scenes ‘Will & Grace’ Companion Show On X1

In a synergistic campaign around the return of Will & Grace , NBC parent Comcast is making an original, behind-the-scenes companion series available on its X1 cable platform as well as its YouTube channel. Inside Stage 22 with Max and David, an Xfinity Originals Series, is named after the studio where the sitcom is filmed. Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan talk with cast members and also offer insights and background on the series and never-before-seen highlights…
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Molly Shannon Returns to Will & Grace as Val Bassett — 2018 First Look

Molly Shannon Returns to Will & Grace as Val Bassett — 2018 First Look
Now we know for sure which way madness lies: Molly Shannon is set to bring the cray-cray back to Will & Grace as wackadoodle Val Bassett, and TVLine has an exclusive first look at Jack’s onetime stalker in (fatal attr)action.

As you can see from the image — a throwback, perhaps, to the character’s introduction to Will during a Season 1 elevator ride — Grace’s rival has not gone sane, so to speak, since her last appearance in Season 7. Or at least Karen and Jack don’t seem to think that she has, given the distance they’re keeping from her. The hitcom’s co-creators, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, say that “2018 promises to be a year marked by unmoored insanity, and it’s in that spirit we’ve asked the divine Molly Shannon to be part of the second half of our first season back.”
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Channel 5 to air new season of Will & Grace in the UK

Channel 5 has announced that it is set to air the brand new season of Will & Grace in the UK, starting this coming January.

“Will & Grace is one of the greatest comedy shows of our time, so we’re thrilled to see it return to TV screens,” said Katie Keenan, VP, Acquisitions, Channel 5 and Vimn UK. “With the hugely talented cast reprising their roles and tackling the issues of today with their razor-sharp wit, Will & Grace will become ‘must-see’ television in 2018. This deal follows the confirmation that The X-Files will return in early 2018, demonstrating our appetite for the best content across the world.”

Just over a decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, the announcement marks the highly anticipated return of comedy’s most fabulous foursome and the creative team behind them, including creators/executive producers, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and legendary director, James Burrows. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally
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‘Will & Grace’ Creators on Filming Longtime Character’s Exit: Cast Was ‘Crying So Hard’

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‘Will & Grace’ Creators on Filming Longtime Character’s Exit: Cast Was ‘Crying So Hard’
(Warning: Spoilers ahead from Thursday’s “Will & Grace“) “Will & Grace” said goodbye to a fan-favorite character this week, and the emotional episode was just as powerful for the people making it as it was for those watching. The revived NBC sitcom’s Thursday episode centered on Karen (Megan Mullally) slowly coming to terms with her sorrow after learning that longtime housekeeper and sparring partner Rosario (Shelley Morrison) had died. Also Read: 'Will & Grace' Creators Tell Us Why Mike Pence Inspired Jack's Gay Grandson Series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick told TheWrap that they tried over and over to convince Morrison to.
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Minnie Driver Returns to Will & Grace Revival: 'It Felt Like a Dream' to Be Reunited with Cast

Minnie Driver Returns to Will & Grace Revival: 'It Felt Like a Dream' to Be Reunited with Cast
Will & Grace fans, Minnie Driver is back!

The actress, who made six appearances as Karen’s (played by Megan Mullally) nemesis Lorraine Finster during the NBC sitcom’s original run, will be making a guest appearance in next week’s episode.

“ was wonderful,” Driver, 47, exclusively tells People. “It was like I had left them all in the same place and I came back and found them all in the same place! It was very familiar and amazing. It was the exact same crew — everyone from hair and makeup to wardrobe. It’s such a family. It was absolutely amazing to be reunited with everyone.
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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Reveal Rejected Ideas for the Revival, and the Truth About Mike Pence — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Reveal Rejected Ideas for the Revival, and the Truth About Mike Pence — Turn It On Podcast
The recent “Will & Grace” episode “Grandpa Jack” included a storyline in which a young boy is forced to attend a “conversion” camp after his religious parents fear he may be gay. The joke, of course, is the camp is run by two obviously closeted leaders, played by real-life openly gay actors Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells.

It was classic “Will & Grace” — poking at a real-life issue and injustice, but with plenty of humor. The episode also happened to air the same week that Donald Trump made headlines for reportedly making a quip that Vice President Mike Pence wanted to “hang” all gays.

“How is that not somebody who’s gay?” Mutchnick said of Pence. “Who gives a shit about someone that much? It’s just crazy, I can’t imagine caring that much about who somebody sleeps with as long as they’re of age.”

Added co-creator David Kohan:
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'Will & Grace' Gets Back in the Giving Spirit With Revival Charity Campaign

Will & Grace has been pulling in solid numbers ever since it returned in late September following an 11-year hiatus. But perhaps even more impressive than the 5.0 live-plus-seven-day rating in the adults 18-49 demo or the 15.8 million total viewers the premiere drew is the $421,000 the series has already raised for various charities as part of the Will & Grace charity initiative.

Founded by Will & Grace co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick with NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, the campaign donates a certain number of seats from every episode taping to various charities. Those organizations then use...
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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Tell Us Why Mike Pence Inspired Jack’s Gay Grandson

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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Tell Us Why Mike Pence Inspired Jack’s Gay Grandson
(Spoiler warning: This story contains plot details about Thursday’s “Will & Grace“) Jack met his grandson on this week’s “Will & Grace,” and vice president Mike Pence inadvertently made that happened. Series co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan told TheWrap that their decision to introduce Skip — whose father is Jack’s son Elliot (Michael Angarano) — came about following Trump’s 2016 election win and in light of Pence’s link to so-called “gay-conversion therapy.” Also Read: Sean Hayes Regrets Not Coming Out as Gay During 'Will & Grace' First Run “It must have come from our interest in wanting to do an episode on conversion.
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Leo's Back! Find Out How Harry Connick Jr. Reprises His Will & Grace Role

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Leo's Back! Find Out How Harry Connick Jr. Reprises His Will & Grace Role
The Will & Grace revival is welcoming back one very special guest star.

People has an exclusive sneak peek at this week’s episode, in which Harry Connick Jr. reprises his role as Grace’s ex-husband Leo.

In the scene, Grace (Debra Messing) wakes up in a hospital bed — only to be shocked to learn that Leo, who is still listed as her emergency contact, happens to be standing right in front of her.

“How heavy was that sedation?” she asks the nurse. “Because I feel like my ex-husband is standing right there.”

“I think I’m still listed as your emergency contact,
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15 Reactions to the Hilarious and Heartwarming Will & Grace Premiere

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Image Source: NBC Eleven years after the series finale, Will & Grace returned to our lives on Thursday night with the premiere of the highly anticipated reboot. We were brought right back to Will and Grace's NYC apartment and treated to Karen's hilarious one-liners and Jack's signature attitude. The chemistry between the main four picked up right where it left off, and they also addressed the unpopular 2006 series finale (spoiler: Karen dreamed it all). While most people were excited to have the iconic TV show back in their living rooms, others weren't happy about the strong political messages in the premiere. Will & Grace, which was a groundbreaking show during its first run due to its main gay characters and unfiltered jokes, got the green light for the reboot due to politics. After reuniting last year in an ad that encouraged people to vote in the 2016 presidential election, the overwhelming response
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Here's How Will & Grace Handles That Twist From the 2006 Series Finale

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Ever since talk of a Will & Grace revival started, fans have been wondering just how a new series would handle the events of the original series finale. When Will & Grace 2.0 debuted Thursday, we all got our answer . . . and the short version is it's all a booze-and-drug-fueled dream of Karen Walker's. The long answer starts with the show addressing it right at the top. In the revival, Jack wakes Karen up from a dream, and she says that in the dream, "Will was living with a swarthy man in uniform, and Grace was married to a Jew doctor." Will tells her that they were both doing those things, but they're single now. Karen wonders what about the children they had who grew up and married each other? "That never happened," says Will, which is quite a relief to Jack and Karen because what's funny about watching Will and Grace raise kids?
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Dancing with the Stars Pros Sasha Farber and Emma Slater Want to Choreograph Your Wedding Dance — and For a Good Cause!

Dancing with the Stars Pros Sasha Farber and Emma Slater Want to Choreograph Your Wedding Dance — and For a Good Cause!
Sasha Farber and Emma Slater are giving everybody the opportunity to dance like a star — and benefit a great cause while doing so.

The two Dancing with the Stars pros have teamed up with Airbnb to offer a social impact experience in which fans can purchase a private ballroom dancing lesson with the engaged couple on Nov. 30 in Los Angeles for $200. All of the proceeds from the class will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Chla).

“Emma and I love Chla,” Farber, 33, tells People of his connection to the cause. “It’s very special. During the season we try to visit,
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'Will & Grace' Star Shocked By Megyn Kelly's Comment to Gay Fan

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2017-09-27T06:44:43-07:00'Will & Grace' Star Shocked By Megyn Kelly's Comment to Gay Fan

The cast of Will & Grace is busily promoting the series' revival by doing segments on every outlet they can find, but star Debra Messing wishes they'd avoided a segment on the show's home network. During the segment, Today host Megyn Kelly made a comment that Messing and many others intrepreted as insensitive to a gay fan of the series. In response, Messing said she was "dismayed" by the comment and suggested she wouldn't have participated if she'd known former Fox News host Kelly was going to be the interviewer.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

One day after making an appearance on Megyn Kelly Today, the Today hour serving as Kelly's debut on the NBC morning show, Will & Grace star Debra Messing is speaking out against the former Fox News host.

Taking to her personal Instagram page,
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Debra Messing 'Dismayed' She Appeared on Megyn Kelly Today After Host's 'Gay Thing' Will & Grace Gaffe

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Debra Messing 'Dismayed' She Appeared on Megyn Kelly Today After Host's 'Gay Thing' Will & Grace Gaffe
Megyn Kelly‘s interview with the cast of Will & Grace raised quite a few eyebrows — Debra Messing‘s included.

Messing, 49, issued her take on the interview — and Kelly’s controversial comments — during an exchange with a fan Tuesday on Instagram.

“Why did you guys do the Megyn Kelly show? That’s a fail!” the commenter wrote.

“Honestly I didn’t know it was Mk until that morning,” Messing responded. “The itinerary just said Today Show appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments.”

Kelly, 46, debuted her morning show Megyn Kelly Today on Monday with a segment promoting the upcoming return
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'Will & Grace': TV Review

By the time Will & Grace ended in 2006, I found it nearly unwatchable. A show that was boundary-pushing and fresh when it premiered had fallen into lazy comic rhythms, its characters had become calcified and rather than trying to remain relevant by evolving its worldview, Will & Grace was staving off stagnation with a desperate procession of guest stars.

Approaching the new Will & Grace as an extension of where it left off, rather than where it began, makes it possible to look at the first three episodes and feel like creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan did a few...
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‘Will & Grace’ Co-Creator on Trump: ‘I Would Rather Be a Son of a Bitch Than the Son of Someone Who Was Arrested at a Kkk Rally’

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‘Will & Grace’ Co-Creator on Trump: ‘I Would Rather Be a Son of a Bitch Than the Son of Someone Who Was Arrested at a Kkk Rally’
A new healthcare bill is set to be voted on in the Senate next week and all of Puerto Rico is without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria, so of course Donald Trump is focusing on what really matters: professional athletes whose opinions make him angry. He referred to Colin Kaepernick as a “son of a bitch” who should “get off the field right now” for kneeling during the national anthem as an act of protest, prompting a pointed response from “Will & Grace” co-creator David Kohan during a Tribeca TV panel yesterday.

Read More:‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever

“I guess I would rather be a son of a bitch than the son of someone who was arrested at a Kkk rally,” responded Kohan when asked what we would think of being called a son of a bitch by Trump.
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‘Will & Grace’ Gang Takes On Donnie & Melania – Tribeca TV Festival

They’re definitely back. The Will & Grace gang wasted no time at the Tribeca TV Festival before jumping into the present and taking a swipe at Donald Trump — just as quickly and easily as they seem to have fallen back into old their roles. David Kohan, asked how he’d react if Trump called him “a son of a bitch” — that’s how the president referred to Colin Kaepernick last night — the W&G co-creator said without a beat, “I guess I would rather be a son of a bitch than the…
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‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever

‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains light spoilers for “Will & Grace” Season 9 (2017), regarding the characters’ current living arrangements and how the new season deals with the former series finale.]

The opening scene of “Will & Grace” Season 9 — or Season 1 of the revival, or whatever NBC is intent on calling it — should strike fear in the hearts of any TV fan. As the core four bluntly brings viewers up to date on who’s single (everyone but Karen), who’s living together (Will and Grace), and who’s nonexistent (those kids from the series Season 8 finale), there’s a moment where Jack turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience: “Got it?” he asks.

The triggered anxiety shouldn’t stem from the blunt exposition or an uncharacteristic fourth-wall break; it stems from how Jack’s rhetorical question to the audience at home is reminiscent of another ’90s sitcom revival which did the same thing: “Fuller House,” the worst of television’s zombie horde, featured a scene in Season 1 where the entire cast turned and stared blankly at the camera.
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